Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

The weeks round up

Stunning photo by Phill Andrews, Henry & Simon leafing the string

We’ve a busy day ahead of us at Wetherby and Aintree but first let’s catch up with the week gone by, looking back at last Saturday’s action…

Lady Buttons had a huge task on her hands in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle –  at 9 years old taking on the dual Champion hurdle winner & last years Champion 3rd, but she did not go down without a fight. In finishing  a 6 lengths 4th she actually ran to her highest ever hurdles RPR at 147 – and had she not made an uncharacteristic error at the last, Adam felt he could very well have been 3rd. You could not be disappointed with her even though she wasn’t in the top 3 on this occasion.  If we couldn’t win we were delighted for our fellow Northern Raider ‘Cornerstone Lad’ & Micky Hammonds team to lift the prize – a massive effort and left us thinking no wonder that Rayna’s World was outdone by him in that tremendous battle on the flat at Catterick the previous month, at level weights! It was sad to hear afterwards of the injury to a great champion Buveur d’Air & we wish him a full recovery.

Some of our favourite photos from Buttons race….

On her way to the paddock

In the parade ring

On to the track

And on to the drama that was the Rehearsal Chase – Top Ville Ben & Tommy giving their all out in front under his welter burden over 3 miles only to be collared in the shadow of the post by Shaun & Takingrisks….one of the most stressful finishes I think any of our horses have been in and we were all left quite deflated afterwards despite him running such a massive race.

Coming back in….photo by Phill Andrews

If you haven’t already seen it, the video of the race is here…. worth watching again just to see his tremendous and clever jumping out in front. He really did look like a future Grand National Horse but this may be for future years with more experience under his belt.

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There was no doubt Ben had run his best race over  fences to date and he has gone up to 154 as a result – we were very proud of him.

Framed in the setting sun

A long walk back in..

All horses back safely that day and we have also had some placed efforts this week – Queen of Rock  at Southwell  showing improvement and giving herself another chance, she will be dropping back to 5 furlongs in her next start after showing plenty of early speed.

Yard news….Its been a week where Phil & Simon have been spending many countless extra hours on the gallop following unrelenting & unprecedented rain in November – they have removed tons of old and added a huge amount of new surface – an unexpected challenge that had to be addressed but is looking really good!

Bertie Blake enjoyed a days hunting with the Zetland Hunt and behaved impeccably  according to Tommy – jumping everything in his path, a natural hunt horse. We think he looks very happy on these photos.

Bertie out hunting

Sun going down after a good day

And yesterday we said goodbye to Gold Venture who went to Goffs sales and we were delighted she was bought by some friends of ours and will head to be trained in Malton, she had an excellent home with them.

Photos from the week gone by…

Oak Vintage

Two Thirty Yeat

Adam schooling Ice Galley

Dares to Dream gleaming after her clip by Katie

Milady Grace

Top Cat is feeling festive

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